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Standing Committee meets in Brussels as Belgium takes over CoE Chairmanship

The Standing Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will meet in Brussels on Tuesday 18 November at the Federal Parliament, in the context of the Belgian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers (13 November 2014-May 2015).

After the opening of the meeting by PACE President Anne Brasseur, the Speaker of the Belgian Senate Christine Defraigne will welcome participants. The parliamentarians will then hold an exchange of views with the Belgian Minister for Foreign and European Affairs, Didier Reynders, who will chair the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers for a six-month period. The discussions will focus on Belgium's priorities during its Chairmanship and other issues in the framework of the Assembly's ongoing political dialogue with the Committee of Ministers.

The members of the Standing Committee will then discuss the other issues on the agenda, including:
- measures to prevent abusive use of the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons
- focusing on the perpetrators to prevent violence against women
- measuring and fostering the well-being of European citizens
- alternatives to Europe's substandard IDP and refugee collective centres.

The Standing Committee, which acts on the Assembly’s behalf between plenary sessions, is made up of the President and Vice-Presidents of the Assembly, the chairpersons of political groups, the chairpersons of national delegations and the committee chairpersons, totalling some 60 parliamentarians.

Draft agenda (PDF) 

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The meeting of the Standing Committee, which is open to the press, will take place on Tuesday 18 November 2014 from 9.30 am to 4 pm at the Federal Parliament (Place de la Nation, rue de la Loi 8-10, Brussels).

Contact: Micaela Catalano, Head of the PACE Communication Division
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